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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 20:16

Average daily sunspot numbers were up for the recent reporting period (February 27 through March 5) and average daily solar flux decreased slightly, compared to the previous seven days. Average daily sunspot numbers increased nearly 29 points to 202.4, and average daily solar flux was off a little more than four points to 162.9.

The latest predictions for solar flux over the near term have stead...

Michigan Ham Promoting Civilian Conservation Corps Special Event

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 19:07

Michigan radio amateur Dirk Esterline, KG8JK, is promoting participation in a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Special Event this summer to honor the contributions of the Depression-era government-sponsored work program, and he hopes to make it an annual event. The CCC came into being in the spring of 1933, during the first term of President Franklin Roosevelt, as one of several economic relie...

2014 Preparedness Summit to Highlight Importance of Amateur Radio

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 19:00

The Preparedness Summit is the largest public health preparedness conference in the United States. The 2014 event will take place April 1-4 in Atlanta, with some 2000 preparedness professionals expected to attend the multidisciplinary event. This year, the Preparedness Summit is highlighting the importance of Amateur Radio, and special event station N4P will operate from the Exhibit Hall. N4P w...

CQ Names New Advertising Manager as Publisher Shifts Gears

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 01:37

CQ Communications President Richard Ross, K2MGA, has announced the appointment of David Chartock to head the company’s advertising department, effective immediately. Chartock, who is not a ham, arrives “as the magazine charts new ground as a part-print, part-digital ‘hybrid’ publication covering the entire communications hobby,” the CQ announcement said. As Editorial Director Rich Moseson, W2VU...

Hams’ Experimental VLF Signals Heard in the UK, Europe

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 23:48

In what’s believed to be a “first,” a very low frequency (VLF) signal from a ham radio experimenter in New York was heard across the Atlantic. Bob Raide, W2ZM, was transmitting on 29.499 kHz under a Part 5 Experimental license, WH2XBA/1. His very slow-speed (QRSS) CW signal was initially detected in the UK just before 0000 UTC on March 3 by Paul Nicholson, an SWL, and later by Mike Dennison, G3...

FCC Cites New Jersey CB Shop for Marketing Unauthorized RF Devices

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 22:39

The FCC has issued a Citation to a New Jersey Citizens Band radio shop for marketing unauthorized RF devices to consumers, in violation of the Communications Act of 1934 and FCC Part 2 rules. The Citation to Thomas Wilson, doing business as Redman CB Stop, in Absecon, New Jersey, was issued March 5.

“Redman CB Stop should take immediate steps to discontinue the marketing of unauthorized radio fr...

FCC Chairman Names New Acting Enforcement Bureau Chief

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:11

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced that he plans to appoint Travis LeBlanc as acting Chief of the Enforcement Bureau. LeBlanc previously served as a top deputy and senior advisor to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, overseeing complex litigation and policy matters on a broad range of issues, such as technology regulation, telecommunications, high-tech crime, cyber-security, privacy...

RadioShack Announces 1100 Store Closings

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 22:34

Once a staple of electronics retailing and a ready source of small parts for ham radio homebrewers and electronics enthusiasts, RadioShack has fallen on tough times. In the wake of a substantial drop in holiday sales and a big fourth-quarter loss, the Fort Worth, Texas-based retailer has announced that it is closing 1100 of its outlets, leaving the chain with 4000 stores, including more than 90...

New QST QuickStats Poll Posted

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 03:36

This month’s QuickStats poll is all about QSLing! Check the QuickStats page and answer these questions . . .

How has the increasing popularity of electronic QSLing affected your use of paper QSLs?

Will you respond to a QSL request if it doesn’t include a self-addressed envelope and a stamp (or funds for return postage)?

Do you fill out your QSL cards by hand, or use a computer generated label?

Do y...